How to protect yourself and others

We can prevent the spread of Coronavirus in Telford and Wrekin if we all play our part. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly
  • get tested immediately if you have symptoms
  • do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms
  • self-isolate when asked to by contact tracers.

Visit the GOV.UK website to view FAQs on what you can or can't do

We have a collection of posters that are available for you to download, print and display as you feel necessary:

Download the Be Safe Be Kind posters


If you think you have coronavirus symptoms you must immediately self-isolate by staying at home and to get a test. You must do this if you have one or more of the following symptoms:

  • a new continuous cough
  • a high temperature
  • a loss of, or change in, your normal sense of taste or smell.

Do not leave home for any reason except to get a test.

You can book a test online or by calling 119.

The government has issued certain principles for us all to follow to ensure that time spent outside your home is as safe as possible.

Visit GOV.UK website for guidance on staying safe outside your home.

If you or someone you live with has symptoms of Coronavirus you will usually be advised to not leave your home for at least 10 days. Anyone you live with should not leave your home for 14 days.

This is called self-isolation, and it is done to protect others.

For more information on what you need to do when self-isolating please visit the NHS website.

Anyone in Telford and Wrekin who tests positive for Coronavirus will need to share information with NHS Test and Trace about people they have recently been in contact with.

People identified by NHS Test and Trace will need to stay at home for 14 days, even if they do not have symptoms - in order to stop unwittingly spreading the virus.

Those in isolation who develop symptoms should book a test online or by calling 119. If they test positive, they must continue to stay at home for seven days or until their symptoms have passed. If they test negative, they must continue and complete the 14 day isolation period as they still may develop symptoms.

Members of households with people identified as having contact with a positive case will not have to stay at home unless the person identified develops symptoms - at which point they must also self-isolate for 14 days.

More information about how test and trace works is available on the NHS website.

You are now required to wear a face covering when:

  • in supermarkets and shops
  • using public transport
  • visiting a hospital.

A 'face covering' is something which safely covers the nose and mouth, for example a mask.

When wearing a face covering remember:

  • to wash or sanitise your hands when putting on, or removing your face covering
  • disposable face covers need to be bagged and placed in your waste bin – NOT in your recycling bin!
  • reusable face coverings should be washed regularly.

There are exemptions to wearing a face covering, for example; young children (under the age of 11), people with breathing difficulties and people living with a disability. The Government have provided a full list of exemptions.

Further advice on face coverings, a full list of exemptions, and downloadable exemption cards can be found on the Government website.

Easy read advice on face coverings and exemption cards is available from Mencap.

Why you should stay at home

How to wash your hands